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4th person under investigation amid McMaster psychology sexual misconduct allegations

A graduate student is the fourth person to be implicated in the McMaster University's investigation into sexual misconduct allegations among faculty within the psychology, neuroscience and behaviour department.

A graduate student has been suspended and banned from campus according to a release from the school

Four people are now involved in the McMaster investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct within the psychology department. (Bobby Hristova/CBC)

A graduate student is the fourth person to be implicated in the McMaster University's investigation into sexual misconduct allegations among faculty within the psychology, neuroscience and behaviour department.

The graduate student has been suspended and banned from campus according to a release from the school.

"The decision was made after new allegations were made," read the statement.

This comes roughly a week after two faculty members were suspended and banned as a result of the same investigation.

The investigation began in February after Scott Watter, an associate professor in the department, was suspended over allegations involving a number of McMaster policies, including the Sexual Violence Policy.

In June, he was arrested and now faces sexual assault charges. Those allegations stem from 2017 involving a female student.

Officers at the time said they believed there were more victims.

McMaster says an investigator from Rubin Thomlinson LLP is overseeing the school's probe into the department.

"The university will not be sharing the details of the investigation as it unfolds, in accordance with the Sexual Violence and the Discrimination and Harassment policies, which emphasize the important role confidentiality has in the process, both to protect complainants, enable procedural fairness and to ensure that the investigation is comprehensive and fair," reads the school's statement.

Hamilton Police Services was contacted for comment but a spokesperson for the service said it has 'no information to share."

While this investigation continues, the school is also reviewing the experiences of Black student athletes.

McMaster also said students have resources and supports if they need them, including:

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Bobby Hristova is a reporter/editor with CBC Hamilton. Email: bobby.hristova@cbc.ca

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